Clinical News

New RCP Guidance on Commissioning in Secondary Care

Thursday, 02 July 2015 13:36

Commissioning secondary care in England: what does it all mean?

In 2013, the NHS in England underwent significant changes that introduced a new set of structures for commissioning and providing healthcare. The system of planning, delivering and funding healthcare services can seem complex, and technical terms are often used to describe commissioning and related issues such as contracting.

This practical guide, published by the Royal College of Physicians, is designed to help make sense of commissioning, contracting and related issues including the NHS payment system. It aims to help physicians in England to influence the way that patient care is planned and provided in their local area and nationally.

IBD Registry News – July 2015

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 08:18

  • Data on over 5000 patients from 6 hospitals has been submitted via HSCIC to the Registry, analysed and presented at DDF
  • 5 hospitals have the IBD Registry Patient Management System (PMS) installed
  • 15 hospitals have ordered the PMS
  • The first site (Southampton) has been set up using a third-party system (Ascribe)

Patients call for clinicians to use the Registry

Crohn's and Colitis UK Ambassador Rozylnn Prescott called for the clinical community to embrace the IBD Registry, saying it would make life easier for patients. She explained that she was late arriving for the symposium because of a clinic appointment that morning, during which she had to recap her entire medical history to a doctor she hadn't seen before. She commented that the sort of electronic clinical summary provided by the IBD Registry patient management system would be welcomed by patients.

Jeremy Taylor, chief executive of National Voices pointed out that real-time data is being used effectively in all other spheres of 21st Century service provision and called on the clinical community to push their trusts and hospitals to join the Registry so that they could benchmark their service. Both of the patient representatives thought that patients would understand the benefits of participation and would be happy to consent to their data being shared with the Registry.

Over 120 delegates attended IBD in the UK, Improving Patient Outcomes and Experience, which set out the need for better electronic clinical data to be collected routinely. Improve Care Now and the UK Ileal Pouch Registry are just two examples of how data has contributed to tangible improvements in quality and outcomes.

2015 IBD Registry data on over 5000 patients was presented by Keith Bodger, showing the potential of the project to inform service improvement both locally and nationally. The data was successfully uploaded from five hospitals who are using the Registry InfoFlex Patient Management System (PMS) and one using the IBD module provided by Emis (previously Ascribe) system.

Other speakers were David Barker and Helen Terry from Crohn's and Colitis UK, Fraser Cummings, Omar Faiz, Cath Stansfield and Chris Calvert. All the presentations are available at

Crohn's and colitis uk health services development award 2015

The Registry's application for a Crohn's and Colitis UK health services development award has been successful. The project – Maximising the value of the UK IBD Registry for service delivery, audit and research – will be led by Keith Bodger. As well as confirming the feasibility of establishing local IBD registries, the project aims to develop and test new ways to capture, link and analyse information about routine IBD care, and engage with stakeholders to ensure the analytical tools are relevant to local service delivery, commissioning, audit and research.

Participant certificates

We have produced certificates for clinicians who have submitted data to the Registry, for revalidation or appraisal purposes. These will be posted to you, but please contact Simone Cort if you have any queries.

To find out more about joining the Registry click here or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Royal College of Physicians census of consultant physicians and trainees 2013-2014

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:29

Census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK - Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2013–14

The Royal College of Physicians (London) has published the full report of the 2013/14 census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK. The census measures the number of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees working in the UK, as well as gathering vital information about how physicians are working.

To accompany the full report of the census the Royal College of Physicians (London) are also publishing short reports and commentaries for each of the 29 physician specialties. These offer a more in depth look at the workforce in each individual specialty.

If you have any questions regarding the census please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Gut Impact Factor goes from strength to strength

Monday, 22 June 2015 09:19

Gut's new impact factor has increased from 13.319 to 14.660. Our journal is ranked 2nd out of 76 journals in the GI/Hepatology field, and 92nd of all ISI-indexed journals in the world. This sustained success is down to the hard work and dedication of the editors and journal staff and to the loyalty of authors and generosity of reviewers and Editorial Board Members. Gut is an international journal that has global reach and impact. It delivers the latest and most exciting advances in our field including clinical practice and translational science. Its mission is to play a leading role in reducing the burden of GI disease across the world. It is a mission that the British Society of Gastroenterology has championed for decades and will continue to do so with vigour and determination.

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